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So i just deleted some folders from my documents (shift+del).

What is the easiest way to recover them?
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If they're not in recycle bin and you haven't written much to the drive yet, use Recuva
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I deleted them yesterday, some of them really important documents . Installing Recuva as I type.
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Recuva should definently be able to recover them. If not then that means your system has already used the space that was freed up on the hard drive with new information.
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If the drive isn't very full then chances are you haven't overwritten the files yet.

All deleting files in Windows does is de-link the file, its still there until its overwritten by something else.

If Recuva doesn't find it try something stronger like Getdataback or R-Studio, but you should be ok with Recuva if it was only recently deleted.
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How on earth did you manage to delete these important documents? did you think you had them backed up or something?

I am unsure but wouldn't system restore be able to take you back to a point when you still had the documents?
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How on earth did you manage to delete these important documents? did you think you had them backed up or something?

I am unsure but wouldn't system restore be able to take you back to a point when you still had the documents?
System restore does not bring back deleted files. He probably used shift delete by habit instead of just hitting delete.
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post #8 of 13
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Well this is what happened. For some reason, the content of "My Documents" folder somehow copied to "My Pictures". So i thought what the hell, I will delete the stuff from "My Pictures" (it was a mess)... I had no idea it will delete the "My Documents" content at the same time too. Turns out they were somehow linked

Damn, it ate all my saves from games too..........noooo!

Luckilu most of the stuff is there, but some are in "Poor" state (my DeadSpace 2 saves). I guess there is no point trying the other programs you mentoined?
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post #9 of 13
Recuva is very good for freeware. Doesn't hurt to try the others, try a raw scan which ignores the file table. But if its fully overwritten it will be hard to recover with only software.
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This is why you have a backup and take your time.
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